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  • Potheads, puritans and pragmatists: Two marijuana initiatives put drug warriors on the defensive

    10/23/2006 5:03:34 PM PDT · by JTN · 554 replies · 3,984+ views
    Townhall ^ | October 18, 2006 | Jacob Sullum
    Nevada is known for gambling, 24-hour liquor sales and legal prostitution. Yet the main group opposing Question 7, an initiative on the state's ballot next month that would allow the sale and possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by adults 21 or older, is called the Committee to Keep Nevada Respectable. In Colorado, opponents of Amendment 44, which would eliminate penalties for adults possessing an ounce or less of marijuana, are equally certain of their own rectitude. "Those who want to legalize drugs weaken our collective struggle against this scourge," declares the Colorado Drug Investigators Association. "Like a...
  • (BBC) Music taste 'linked to drug use'

    09/14/2006 11:46:29 AM PDT · by weegee · 12 replies · 310+ views
    BBC News ^ | Sept 14, 2006 | no byline
    Music taste 'linked to drug use' Club music fans are more likely to take drugs, the study says More than a quarter of classical music fans have tried cannabis, says a study from the University of Leicester. Researchers were trying to find out what people's taste in music revealed about their lifestyles. They discovered that fans of every style of music had taken drugs, with those who preferred DJ-based club music topping the list. The study also revealed that blues buffs are the most likely to have received a driving penalty. Mild-mannered fans More than 2,500 people were interviewed for...
  • Largest Methamphetamine bust in US history took place in North Georgia.

    08/30/2006 9:31:34 AM PDT · by Arcy · 39 replies · 5,558+ views
    WSB Radio | 8-30-06 | Arcy
    Today in north Georgia, DEA agents swept down on a house after learning that the suspects who had been growing pot in a nearby field were staying in the house. What they found inside the home turned out to be the "mother load". Inside the home they found the largest stash of Methamphetamine in US history. Agents estimate the street value of the meth at $50 million. This bust comes only a few weeks after another meth bust in Georgia which ranked in the top ten in US history. The suspects in both drug busts have been apprehended. Much to...
  • Cannabis should be decriminalized for the same reasons that alcohol is

    08/28/2006 7:29:35 AM PDT · by tang0r · 422 replies · 4,035+ views
    The Prometheus Institute ^ | 8/28/2006 | Editorial
    It turns out that alcohol is legal for the simplest, most nostalgic, and most American reason of all. Despite its risks and harmful side-effects, adults are reserved right to drink because they are independent adults in a free country. For all of the empty rhetoric about economics and black markets, the end of Prohibition was due to a single principle: even if drinking may be bad for society, government has no right to keep the people from doing it. The ability to get drunk is an inalienable right that we have forever confirmed with the 18th Amendment.
  • Lies our drug warriors told us

    08/25/2006 6:26:19 AM PDT · by cryptical · 308 replies · 4,721+ views
    Reno News and Review ^ | August 24th, 2006 | Dennis Myers
    The reporters made their way through the dim lights and small huts of Virginia City's Chinatown. In the huts, one of the reporters later wrote, "A lamp sits on the bed, the length of the long pipe-stem from the smoker's mouth; he puts a pellet of opium on the end of a wire, sets it on fire, and plasters it into the pipe much as a Christian would fill a hole with putty; then he applies the bowl to the lamp and proceeds to smoke--and the stewing and frying of the drug and the gurgling of the juices in the...
  • Sheriff's deputies raid 2,500-plant pot patch [Mexican Drug Cartel In Oregon/Illegal Aliens]

    08/24/2006 7:58:17 AM PDT · by conservativecorner · 49 replies · 1,170+ views
    Mail Tribune ^ | Aug. 24, 2006 | ANITA BURKE
    In a large raid preceding the harvest season, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department has seized 2,500 marijuana plants with a street value estimated at up to $12.5 million. Two men found at the scattered gardens near Hyatt Lake on Monday remain in Jackson County Jail on immigration holds and the investigation is continuing, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters said. Officials had watched the growing operation, believed to be linked to a Mexican drug cartel, and swept in Monday to destroy it just before harvest time, sheriff's Lt. Pat Rowland said. SWAT teams from Jackson and Douglas counties and Oregon State...
  • Tiny drug dog sniffs out big career

    08/03/2006 11:55:06 AM PDT · by the OlLine Rebel · 26 replies · 1,062+ views ^ | Aug. 2, 2006 | AP
    CHARDON, Ohio (AP) -- Though she's only a 6-pound Chihuahua-rat terrier mix who looks like she belongs in Paris Hilton's purse, Midge has the will, skill and nose of a 100-pound German shepherd.
  • Ark. governor: Day will come when cigarettes no longer sold

    08/02/2006 2:28:12 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 229 replies · 2,786+ views
    Excerpt - LITTLE ROCK - Gov. Mike Huckabee, who successfully pushed for a statewide workplace smoking ban earlier this year, predicted Wednesday that cigarettes eventually won't be sold because of their health risks. "I think the day will come when we probably won't" sell cigarettes, Huckabee said on his monthly call-in radio show. "If cigarettes were introduced to the marketplace today, they wouldn't be sold. They'd never make it because what we didn't know when they were first created, sold and marketed is just how deadly harmful they were." Huckabee was responding to a caller's question of why cigarettes are...
  • Teens’ use of injected drugs rises

    08/01/2006 4:40:58 PM PDT · by Know your rights · 30 replies · 485+ views
    The Journal Gazette (IN) ^ | Aug. 01, 2006 | Kelly Soderlund
    The use of injected drugs such as heroin, methamphetamine and steroids is at an all-time high for high school seniors statewide, according to a survey released Monday by the Indiana Prevention Resource Center. The number of students injecting drugs has increased from 1.8 percent in 2001 to 2.2 percent in 2006. Statistics for the northeast part of Indiana, which includes Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells and Whitley counties, mirrored the statewide average. “I was surprised by the injected drug use that was elevated by 12th-graders,” said Ruth Gassman, executive director of the center. Rich Beck, chief of...
  • Gateway to Nowhere? The evidence that pot doesn't lead to heroin.

    07/21/2006 5:34:00 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 183 replies · 1,544+ views
    Slate ^ | July 20, 2006
    Gateway to Nowhere? The evidence that pot doesn't lead to heroin. Earlier this month, professor Yasmin Hurd of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine released a study showing that rats exposed to the main ingredient in marijuana during their adolescence showed a greater sensitivity to heroin as adults. The wire lit up with articles announcing confirmation for the "gateway theory"—the claim that marijuana use leads to harder drugs. It's a theory that has long seemed to make intuitive sense, but remained unproven. The federal government's last National Survey on Drug Use and Health, conducted in 2004, counted about 97 million...
  • African Drug Found in Shelbyville (Khat)

    07/23/2006 12:18:23 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 43 replies · 2,004+ views
    The Shelbyville Times-Gazette ^ | 14 February 2006 | David Melson
    One of the first Shelbyville confiscations of the African drug khat occurred early Sunday morning. "Approximately 11.26 grams of a green leafy substance believed to be khat" were found in a coat pocket of Mustaf Shire Abdi, 21, Anthony Lane, Officer Tracey Nelson said. Abdi tried to pull away as Officer Benjamin Burris was checking the pocket and was immediately handcuffed, Nelson said. "Khat use is most prevalent among immigrants from Somalia, Ethiopia and Yemen," a May 2003 National Drug Intelligence Center bulletin said. "These individuals use the drug in casual settings or as part of religious ceremonies. "The use...
  • The Government's Sick War on Marijuana

    07/25/2006 1:08:16 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 184 replies · 4,355+ views ^ | 7 21 06 | Jim Hightower
    Excuse me for a moment while I vent about the mind-boggling stupidity of the autocratic, bureaucratic, right-wing, Neanderthal numskulls who keep pushing an insane, inane, and inhumane holy war against marijuana – which is, after all, a weed. The most embarrassing thing for these holy warriors is that the weed is winning! They've been at this war since 1937, spending billions and billions of our tax dollars, militarizing our borders, and stomping on our Bill of Rights. They've used phone taps, garbage searches, jackbooted raids, and draconian prison terms to ... well, to do what? To nab peaceful, mellow tokers...
  • French police thwart joint-rolling world record attempt

    07/25/2006 11:48:55 AM PDT · by highimpact · 15 replies · 403+ views
    Breitbart & AFP ^ | July 25, 2006
    Police in France said they had thwarted an attempt by a group of marijuana smokers to roll the world's longest joint by seizing a work-in-progress measuring 80 centimetres (32 inches) in length. "At some point, these young people had wanted to craft a joint of 1.12 metres to beat the world record in the discipline and get it officially registered," said a police officer in eastern France. "We don't know who had the idea. Sometimes ideas are created in an astonishing way," he said. During an investigation targeting a group of four smokers in the eastern Vosges area of France,...
  • Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America

    07/18/2006 2:00:20 PM PDT · by rbalko · 150 replies · 3,262+ views
    The Cato Institute ^ | July 16, 2006 | Radley Balko
    Paper on America's love affair with the SWAT team and "dynamic entry" raids. See scary accompanying map of botched no-knocks and other SWAT-style raids.
  • N. Jersey Officers Charged With Protecting Targets Of Drug Probe

    07/11/2006 9:19:05 AM PDT · by Puppage · 10 replies · 435+ views
    WNBC Television ^ | 7/11/06 | Puppage
    NEWARK, N.J. -- Six police officers from northern New Jersey were indicted Tuesday, accused of protecting targets of a drug ring by tipping them off about imminent raids in return for some of the drugs. What began as a "social relationship" between the officers and their young contemporaries, who would use small amount of drugs together, soon spiraled out of control, authorities said. "Several of the officers were engaging in some partying," said Passaic County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Jay McCann. "It wasn't really a drug distribution for profit. It was more of a social relationship between the officers and the...
  • A Painful Sentence: The Problem With Pain Medications

    07/08/2006 11:27:44 AM PDT · by JTN · 69 replies · 1,539+ views
    CBS 4 ^ | July 6, 2006 | Jennifer Santiago
    Video news story about a young woman who faces a 25 year mandatory minimum sentence for drug trafficking. The drugs were prescription drugs (the prescription was for her mother, who had recently passed away) and none were sold. Note: I couldn't get the video to play in a Firefox tab, but it played fine using the IE Tab extension.
  • Rats taking cannabis get taste for heroin

    07/07/2006 8:13:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 68 replies · 1,170+ views ^ | 5 July 2006 | Michael Hopkin
    Close window Published online: 5 July 2006; | doi:10.1038/news060703-9 Rats taking cannabis get taste for heroinStudy suggests cannabis-users may be vulnerable to harder drugs.Michael HopkinNeuroscientists have found that rats are more likely to get hooked on heroin if they have previously been given cannabis. The studies suggest a biological mechanism — at least in rats — for the much-publicized effect of cannabis as a 'gateway' to harder drugs. The discovery hints that the brain system that produces pleasurable sensations when exposed to heroin may be 'primed' by earlier exposure to cannabis, say researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm,...
  • Gone to Pot?

    07/08/2006 2:48:58 AM PDT · by neverdem · 91 replies · 1,318+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 6 July 2006 | Mary Beckman
    In what could be a coup for antimarijuana forces, new research shows that rats exposed to pot's active ingredient at an early age devour more heroin as adults than rats without early exposure. Some experts, though, say the jury is still out on whether the finding is enough to officially label marijuana a "gateway" drug. According to statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, most adults who take illicit drugs start doing so in their early teens. In addition, the earlier kids start smoking dope, the more likely they are to use harder drugs later on. For example, of...
  • Owner questions house raid

    07/06/2006 4:27:44 PM PDT · by TVenn · 25 replies · 1,759+ views
    The Montana Standard ^ | 06/16/2006 | By Nick Gevock
    DILLON — The owner of a gun parts company that was raided last week by federal agents is proclaiming his innocence after numerous parts and records were seized from his home. Richard Celata said agents with the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms went through his home and workshop near Argenta for hours on Wednesday, June 7, but didn’t find anything illegal. “We haven’t been charged with any crimes, and obviously what they found here didn’t violate any laws because I would have been arrested on the spot,” Celata, 45, said Thursday in a telephone interview. “They confiscated...
  • Support States' Rights - OK Medical Pot

    06/26/2006 8:22:44 AM PDT · by bassmaner · 218 replies · 1,269+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 6/25/2006 | Debra Saunders
    If ever a piece of legislation should pass readily through the U.S. House of Representatives, it is a measure sponsored by Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y., and Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., that would prevent the Department of Justice from using tax dollars to prosecute medical-marijuana patients in states that have legalized medical marijuana. Because it is a good bill, expect it to fail. Polls show that some three out of four Americans support allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana for patients who need it. Members must know that constituents within their districts use marijuana to control pain and nausea -- their families...
  • Fentanyl-laced Heroin Found in Ohio

    06/16/2006 1:24:23 PM PDT · by MIchaelTArchangel · 166 replies · 2,917+ views
    Columbus Ohio Dispatch ^ | June 16, 2006
    Fentanyl-laced heroin found in Ohio Mansfield, Columbus labs identify fatal combo Friday, June 16, 2006 Margaret Harding THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH MANSFIELD, Ohio — The deadly mix of drugs that has killed addicts in Detroit, Chicago and Philadelphia has reached Ohio. Mansfield police have identified the powerful prescription painkiller fentanyl in six of the last 10 batches of heroin confiscated by police. Mansfield police laboratory director Anthony Tambasco said he decided to start looking for fentanyl after hearing about the deaths in Detroit just before Memorial Day. Authorities there have confirmed 100 fentanyl/heroin deaths. Another 60 were confirmed in the Chicago...
  • Marijuana Fight Envelops Fisherman's Wharf (San Fran)

    07/03/2006 10:38:13 AM PDT · by A CA Guy · 153 replies · 1,770+ views
    The New York Times from Drudge ^ | July 3, 2006 | JESSE McKINLEY
    SAN FRANCISCO, July 3 — The newest attraction planned for Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco's most popular tourist destination, has no sign, no advertisements and not even a scrap of sourdough. Yet everyone seems to think that the new business, the Green Cross, will be a hit, drawing customers from all over the region to sample its aromatic wares. For some, that is exactly the problem. "The city is saturated with pot clubs," said T. Wade Randlett, the president of SF SOS, a quality-of-life group that opposes the planned club. "Fisherman's Wharf is a tourism attraction, and this is not the...
  • Drug policy should focus on helping addicts, not jailing them

    07/04/2006 5:20:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies · 749+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | June 28, 2006 | Taylor W. Buley
    Two years ago, my 23-year-old brother became addicted to painkillers after breaking his leg and undergoing several operations to repair it. Last year, while he was checking into rehab for abusing OxyContin, I was drafting a chapter in my new book calling for drug legalization. It was a difficult moment to believe in individual liberty: I felt firsthand the effects of what it's like when people make bad decisions. I saw how hard my brother struggled to get clean, first moving forward and then backsliding again into substance abuse. One of the more compelling arguments for the war on drugs...
  • Vicious drug war looms for Mexico election winner

    06/30/2006 10:37:09 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 7 replies · 443+ views
    ABC News ^ | Jun 30, 2006 | Tim Gaynor
    Hitmen strafe two women with machine guns, severed heads are dumped in garbage bags near the U.S. border and outside public offices in Acapulco, a police chief is gunned town in a Caribbean tourist resort. The grisly murders, all in the past week, are among the latest in an increasingly savage and spectacular wave of drug gang violence sweeping across Mexico as the country heads to the polls in a presidential vote on Sunday. The dead are victims of an all-out war between rival gangs for control of the multibillion-dollar cocaine, marijuana and amphetamine trade to the United States which...
  • Puff, Puff, Bash - The smoking ban is based on an agenda of lies.

    06/28/2006 10:39:04 PM PDT · by SheLion · 124 replies · 2,250+ views
    Philadelphia City Paper Net ^ | June 29, 2006 | Michael J. McFadden
    Psst! Hey kid! Come over here and jump off this bridge! All the cool kids've done it 'n you're the only one left! It won't hurt, it'll be fun. Anyhow, if ya don't do it, I'm gonna come back 'n bugya, 'n bugya, 'n bugya forever till ya do. With that sort of reasoned discourse in the background, accompanied by taunts of "You smell like an ASHTRAY!", Philadelphia finally jumped on the bandwagon and banned smoking. Well, sorta. They banned it unless you're a bar that agrees not to feed its customers anything healthy, one that's well-off enough to have...
  • China executes 27 on anti-drug day

    06/27/2006 9:56:42 AM PDT · by dead · 64 replies · 1,290+ views
    Sunday Times (South Africa) ^ | Tuesday June 27, 2006 14:46 - (SA)
    BEIJING - China has executed at least 27 people for drug trafficking and sentenced up to 12 others to death for the same offence to mark international anti-drug day on June 26, state press reported. In southern Kunming city on Monday, 10 convicted drug traffickers were paraded in front of the public before being sent to execution grounds where their death sentences were carried out, the Yunnan Daily reported. "As Kunming is very close to the golden triangle, our city has become the battleground in our nation's war against drugs," the paper quoted Vice Mayor Tian Yunxiang as saying at...
  • Smokers' airline ready for take-off

    06/27/2006 4:38:32 AM PDT · by SheLion · 74 replies · 1,522+ views
    Telegraph.CO.UK ^ | 6-27-06 | Kate Connolly
    A German businessman has founded an airline dedicated to smokers.Smintair, or Smokers' International Airways, aims to cater for smokers who feel excluded in an age when all major airlines have banned the habit.A Dusseldorf-Tokyo service is due to begin in October and is expected to serve mainly Japanese businessmen.Smintair's founder, Alexander Schoppmann, a 30-a-day man, said: "There are no laws banning smoking on board. The airlines have made these rules themselves because no-smoking planes are cheaper. It means you don't have to change the air filter system so regularly."
  • Cannabis as bad as heroin, warns UN drugs watchdog

    06/27/2006 9:09:47 AM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 109 replies · 1,329+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 27 June 2006 | GERRI PEEV
    THE drugs watchdog of the United Nations has rebuked the UK government's policy change on cannabis, saying it sent a confusing message to young people. UN experts also warned that a major increase in the potency of cannabis means it now poses health risks similar to those of heroin. The decision to reclassify cannabis as a Class C drug - made by the Home Secretary in 2004 - was implicitly criticised by Antonio Maria Costa, the executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, who warned of the growth in its use. Cannabis had become more potent in...
  • Should Free Republic become a paid subscription service?

    06/23/2006 12:27:30 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 474 replies · 9,059+ views
    Vanity | 6/23/2006 | Berlin_Freeper
    I am not certain what the legal ramifications would be in changing Free Republic from donations to a subscription service. It seems to me the switch may be detrimental to legal issues such as copyrights. If that is true I'd appreciate if someone could briefly explain that to me. However if that is not the case here is my suggestion: I have been wondering about this for some time now and have not seen any discussions about it. So I would like to ask: Is it time for Free Republic to become an online subscription service? Currently, the site is...
  • Beheaded bodies of 3 cops found in northern Mexico

    06/21/2006 4:28:02 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 61 replies · 2,790+ views
    Agencia EFE ^ | 21 June 2006 | Staff
    Tijuana, Mexico, Jun 21 (EFE).- The decapitated bodies of four people, including three police officers, were found Wednesday in northern Mexico near the U.S. border, authorities said. The four individuals went missing Tuesday night and on Wednesday morning their bodies were found wrapped in blankets in the Pacific coast city of Rosarito and their heads in bags in Tijuana, said Rosarito police chief Valente Montijo. He identified the dead as police officers Ismael Arellano Torres, Jesus Hernandez and Adrian Ventura, and civilian Fernando Aguilar, a Mexican-American resident of Arizona. According to Montijo, the cops and the other man - who...
  • Tsar admits: we've lost the war on drugs

    06/18/2006 9:22:25 AM PDT · by SittinYonder · 318 replies · 3,435+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | Sun 18 Jun 2006 | MARCELLO MEGA AND KATE FOSTER
    SCOTLAND'S drugs tsar has sparked a furious row by openly declaring that the war on drugs is "long lost". Tom Wood, a former deputy chief constable, is the first senior law enforcement figure publicly to admit drug traffickers will never be defeated. Wood said no nation could ever eradicate illegal drugs and added that it was time for enforcement to lose its number one priority and be placed behind education and deterrence. But his remarks have been condemned by Graeme Pearson, director of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency (SCDEA), who said he "strongly disagreed" with Wood. The row...
  • West Hollywood Wants to Legalize Pot Use

    06/20/2006 7:26:13 AM PDT · by CrawDaddyCA · 11 replies · 405+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 20, 2006 | Ashraf Khalil and Arin Gencer
    First West Hollywood officials required that pet owners be known as "pet guardians." Then they banned cat declawing and even considered outlawing pet cosmetic surgery. On Monday, the Westside town famous for its novelmunicipal lawmaking took a stab at legalizing the recreational use of small amounts of marijuana. But achieving that goal might prove difficult. The City Council approved a resolution that urges the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to make marijuana-related offenses a "low priority" that deputies should largely ignore. In doing so, it became the first city in Southern California to request that its law enforcement agency look...
  • The Science of Medical Marijuana Prohibition (Op-Ed)

    06/15/2006 4:53:24 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 496 replies · 3,519+ views
    Frontiers of Freedom ^ | June 15, 2006 | Kenneth Michael White
    The Science of Medical Marijuana Prohibition USA -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently opined that smoked marijuana has no scientifically accepted medical uses. The FDA received much criticism for this decision because in 1999 the Federal Government’s own scientists concluded that even in smoked form marijuana has medical uses. At the heart of the debate about medical marijuana is the question of science. But what, exactly, is science? Since modern civilization bases itself on a belief in the ability of science to solve any and all problems (human or otherwise), prudent people are obligated to at least try...
  • Drug caches found in Home Depot vanities

    06/14/2006 9:26:58 AM PDT · by The Lion Roars · 64 replies · 1,768+ views
    Large quantities of drugs were found inside merchandise from at least two Home Depot stores in Massachusetts, and authorities are investigating, police said Wednesday. A contractor late last week discovered two 50-pound "bricks" of marijuana wrapped in plastic bags inside a bathroom vanity he had purchased at a Home Depot store in Tewksbury, said Chief of Detectives Lt. Dennis Peterson. The estimated street value of the marijuana is around $145,000, Peterson said. Similar incidents have occurred in other parts of the state.
  • Couple seeks damages after police raid wrong house

    06/09/2006 7:38:19 AM PDT · by VRing · 399 replies · 4,973+ views
    Henry Daily Herald ^ | 6-8-06 | By Michael Davis
    A Stockbridge couple whose home was mistakenly raided by Henry County Police last year as they sought a drug suspect is seeking $8 million in damages from the incident. In a lawsuit filed last month in Superior Court against county officials and police, Roy and Belinda Baker say they were roused out of bed by police who used a battering ram to knock down their door and threw concussive grenades into their home around 1 a.m. Sept. 30. “The Law Enforcement Defendants accosted the Bakers in the hallway to their bedroom, where they had been sleeping, and yelled at the...
  • Switzerland's Liberal Drug Policy Seems To Work, Study Says

    06/03/2006 12:37:09 PM PDT · by Know your rights · 113 replies · 1,279+ views
    Medical News Today ^ | 02 Jun 2006 | Joe Santangelo
    Switzerland's policy of offering heroin addicts substitution treatment with methadone or buprenorphine has led to a decline in the number of new heroin users in Zurich, according to a paper published in this week's issue of The Lancet. Switzerland has implemented various policies to try and reduce harm to dependent heroin users, including needle-exchange services, low-threshold methadone programmes, and heroin-assisted treatments. However, critics say that these policies may lead to a growing number of new drug users and lengthen the period of heroin addiction. To investigate, Carlos Nordt and Rudolf Stohler from the Psychiatric University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland analysed data...
  • Right? Not Stossel

    06/04/2006 4:20:59 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 134 replies · 2,924+ views
    Vancouver 24 Hours ^ | June 2, 2006 | Irwin Loy
    John Stossel thinks sweatshops are good for workers, while minimum wages hurt the poor. Controversial? Sure. Just don't call him a Conservative. "I'm a Libertarian," according to Stossel, the TV network consumer reporter turned staunch free-market defender. "I hold beliefs Conservatives abhor." Speaking at a luncheon hosted by the conservative Fraser Institute think tank yesterday, Stossel made it clear his politics don't quite fall within the traditional left or right wing spectrum. He takes no issue with gay marriage, for example, while he says sending troops to Iraq "wasn't a good idea." At the same time, lefties likely won't love...
  • Mexican Lab Closed Down After Suspicions that Painkiller Killed Heroin Users in U.S.

    06/05/2006 8:10:06 PM PDT · by KoRn · 32 replies · 806+ views ^ | 06.05.06 | AP
    CHICAGO — U.S. agents, working in cooperation with the Mexican government, have closed down a lab in Mexico that might be the main source of a powerful painkiller that has killed at least 100 heroin users in eight states, the federal drug czar said Monday. John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, said it's still not clear whether the painkiller,fentanyl, was mixed with heroin at the lab in Mexico or after it entered the United States.
  • Lethal form of heroin takes steep toll here (Pittsburgh)

    06/06/2006 10:06:26 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 38 replies · 720+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | June 6, 2006 | Jonathan D. Silver
    Three deaths, 35 overdoses are blamed on the lethal form of drug plaguing the city. And the mixture has caused at least 100 deaths from Philadelphia to Chicago City police detectives were working overtime to scoop up drug dealers and lean on users for information as a lethal batch of heroin snaked its way through city neighborhoods and beyond, causing at least 35 overdoses and as many as three deaths. The heroin, which has cropped up in at least eight Pittsburgh neighborhoods since Saturday, is likely laced with the potent painkiller fentanyl, about 80 times stronger than morphine. As authorities...
  • A safer society? Legalize drugs

    06/06/2006 4:32:38 AM PDT · by LowCountryJoe · 320 replies · 1,912+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | June 6, 2006 | Bill Fried
    Meanwhile, politicians puff sanctimoniously about ``cleaning the streets" and ``ridding the projects of drug dealers
  • "The Doctor Wasn't Cruel Enough" - How one physician escaped the panic over prescription drugs

    06/05/2006 6:58:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 44 replies · 1,998+ views
    Reason ^ | June 2, 2006 | Maia Szalavitz
    When Dr. Paul Heberle was arrested last April, dozens of chronic pain patients were left in agony. One of Heberle's patients called no fewer than 37 doctors seeking care—all of whom refused to see him once he revealed the name of his prior provider. Finally, Robert Holmes, a 40-year-old man who suffers from a lung injury and requires supplemental oxygen to breathe, resorted to visiting a methadone clinic for drug addicts. He was turned away there, too. More than twenty others reported similar experiences at a meeting of patients affected by the arrest. Six would later attempt suicide. For many...
  • Police Seize Millions Of Dollars In Drugs

    05/21/2006 12:43:33 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 9 replies · 143+ views
    CBS2CHICAGO ^ | 20 May 2006 | CBS2CHICAGO
    (CBS) CHICAGO Police confiscated millions of dollars worth of drugs Saturday on the Southwest Side. Officers reported they observed two suspicious men at a known drug area on the Southwest Side. The men were opening large Home Depot boxes in a parking lot in the 3200 block of West 51st Street, and officers followed them as they left the lot in a van, police said. Police say their interest was piqued when they noticed the Home Depot boxes looked tattered and torn. The van pulled into a garage in the 4600 block of South Spaulding Avenue, where one of the...
  • The Libertarian Heritage: The American Revolution and Classical Liberalism

    05/15/2006 8:40:01 AM PDT · by Marxbites · 371 replies · 2,808+ views
    Ludwig von Mises Institute ^ | May 13, 2006 | Murray N. Rothbard
    On election day, 1976, the Libertarian party presidential ticket of Roger L. MacBride for President and David P. Bergland for Vice President amassed 174,000 votes in thirty-two states throughout the country. The sober Congressional Quarterly was moved to classify the fledgling Libertarian party as the third major political party in America. The remarkable growth rate of this new party may be seen in the fact that it only began in 1971 with a handful of members gathered in a Colorado living room. The following year it fielded a presidential ticket which managed to get on the ballot in two states....
  • Accused drug dealers get off - Judge agrees racial profiling was at play

    05/31/2006 7:49:33 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 90 replies · 1,343+ views
    THE NEWS-TIMES ^ | May 31, 2006 | Karen Ali
    DANBURY — In a decision Superior Court trial referee Robert Callahan "agonized long and hard over," he ruled in favor of two accused drug dealers who claimed they were stopped outside the Sheraton in Danbury in 2004 only because they were black. In a written decision dated May 17 and received Friday by defense lawyers, Callahan said he came to his decision, which essentially guts the state's case against the men, "reluctantly" and after "soul-searching." Lawyer James Diamond of Danbury said his client Demetere Taft, 30, of Beaver Street, is "obviously very pleased that the judge has agreed with the...
  • Search for Jimmy Hoffa slows as digging begins

    05/26/2006 11:27:48 AM PDT · by 300magnum · 39 replies · 1,029+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri May 26 | Rebecca Cook
    MILFORD TOWNSHIP, Michigan (Reuters) - FBI teams on Thursday sifted by hand through dirt from a chest-deep hole in the ground in an intense search for the body of labor leader Jimmy Hoffa three decades after his disappearance. Wearing Evidence Response Team T-shirts and hard hats, FBI agents directed a work crew that used heavy equipment to rip up the concrete floor of a horse farm barn demolished a day earlier. Investigators then worked by hand to sort through soil under the foundation of the barn and could be seen photographing and videotaping potential evidence around a hole marked off...
  • Police fight ‘death marijuana’ distribution

    05/23/2006 10:13:53 AM PDT · by Alouette · 73 replies · 1,754+ views
    YNet ^ | May 23, 2006 | Raanan Ben-Zur
    Hydro, more potent and more expensive than regular grass, is sold mostly to the affluent, but police fear rise in violence, crime if youth start using Israel Police have waged a war on the distribution of Hydro, a more potent and more expensive type of marijuana that is sweeping the local drug market. Dubbed by police as “death grass,” Hydro goes for about NIS 500 (USD 110) per 10 grams (0.35 ounces), compared with regular marijuana which is sold for NIS 600 (USD 133) per kilo. The high price of Hydro is mainly due to the high cost of growing...
  • Synthetic marijuana drug coming to chemo patients

    05/17/2006 2:38:57 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 109 replies · 1,024+ views
    cnn ^ | 5/17/06
    Seventeen years after it was withdrawn from U.S. markets, a synthetic version of the active ingredient in marijuana is going back on sale as a prescription treatment for the vomiting and nausea that often accompany chemotherapy, the drug's manufacturer said Tuesday. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International hopes to begin selling Cesamet in the next two to three weeks, company president Wes Wheeler said. The Costa Mesa, California, company received Food and Drug Administration approval Monday to resume sales of the drug, which it bought from Eli Lilly and Co. in 2004. Valeant currently sells the drug, also called nabilone, in Canada. Lilly...
  • UT running back arrested for marijuana possesion.

    05/16/2006 11:26:32 AM PDT · by evets · 49 replies · 1,048+ views
    Austin (un)American Statesman ^ | 05-16-06 | Laura Skelding
    The owner of a pecan farm near where Ramonce Taylor was arrested on a drug charge said Monday that the University of Texas running back and his friends crashed an outdoor college graduation party for his daughter. At about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Stewart said, his son and several party guests complained to him that about seven uninvited guests were trying to sell drugs and he asked them to leave, he said. A short time later, Bell County sheriff's deputies arrested Taylor, 20, at a nearby convenience store and accused him of possessing five pounds of marijuana. Taylor called Bell County...
  • 'Demon drug' propaganda doesn't cut it anymore

    05/10/2006 7:31:03 AM PDT · by cryptical · 338 replies · 3,361+ views
    The Providence Journal ^ | May 10, 2006 | Froma Harrop
    America's war on drugs is actually a Raid on Taxpayers. The war costs an estimated $70 billion a year to prosecute, and the drugs keep pouring in. But while the War on Drugs may have failed its official mission, it is a great success as a job-creation program. Thousands of drug agents, police, detectives, prosecutors, judges, anti-drug activists, prison guards and their support staffs can thank the program for their daily bread and health benefits. The American people are clearly not ready to decriminalize cocaine, heroine or other hard drugs, but they're well on their way to easing up on...
  • Cannabis Painted on High Street House Must Go

    05/05/2006 10:50:09 AM PDT · by jaydubya2 · 34 replies · 764+ views
    AP ^ | Friday, May 5, 2006 | AP
    LITCHFIELD, Conn. - A man who spray-painted large cannabis leaves on his house has agreed to remove the bright green paintings as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. Christopher Seekins, of Winsted, was arrested in October when police discovered about 100 marijuana plants in his house. He said they were hemp and part of a research project. After his arrest, Seekins painted images of the green leaf on his Victorian-style house, each accompanied by the word "hemp." Town officials say they received several complaints because Seekins' home _ on High Street _ is visible from Winsted's main thoroughfare. Seekins...